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Yellowbacks

A yellow-back is a cheap fiction novel which was published in Britain in the second half of the 19th century. They were occasionally called 'mustard-plaster' novels. Developed in the 1840s to compete with the 'penny dreadful', Yellow-Backs were marketed as entertaining reading. They had brightly coloured covers, often printed by chromoxylography, that were attractive to a new class of readers, thanks to the spread of education and rail travel. Routledges were one of the first publishers to begin marketing Yellow-Backs by starting their "Railway Library" in 1849. The series included 1,277 titles, published over 50 years. These mainly consisted of stereotyped reprints of fiction novels originally published as cloth editions. By the late 19th century, Yellow-Backs included sensational fiction, adventure stories, 'educational' manuals, handbooks, and cheap biographies.

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Frontier and pioneer life
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Indians of North America
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Crimean War, 1853-1856
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M'Govan, James (Fictitious character)
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du boisgobey, fortuné, 1821-1891
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grant, james, 1822-1887
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braddon, m. e. (mary elizabeth), 1835-1915
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hayward, william stephens
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sketchley, arthur, 1817-1882
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whyte-melville, g. j. (george john), 1821-1878
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by Gaboriau, Emile, 1832-1873; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Translation of: Le petit vieux de Batignolles
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by Ward, Artemus, 1834-1867; Hotten, John Camden, 1832-1873
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Introduction signed: John Camden Hotten
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by Victor, Metta Victoria Fuller, 1831-1885
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Bound in illustrated paper wrappers
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by Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850; Parsons, George Frederic, 1840-1893
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Translation of: La peau de chagrin
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by Cockton, Henry, 1807-1853; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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A novel
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by Sala, George Augustus, 1828-1895; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887
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Topic: Crimean War, 1853-1856
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by Arnold, Edwin Lester Linden, d. 1935; Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904
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Topic: Phoenicians
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by Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889
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by Robinson, Emma, 1814-1890
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Attributed to Emma Robinson
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by Savage, Richard, 1846-1903
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by Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885
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by Costello, Dudley, 1803-1865; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Topics: Literature, Literature
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by Muddock, J. E. (Joyce Emmerson), 1843-1934; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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by Smith, Albert, 1816-1860; Van Thal, Herbert, 1904-1983, former owner. GEU
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by Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885
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by Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
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Topics: Fishing, Frontier and pioneer life
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by Donovan, Dick, 1843-1934; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Short stories
Topic: Donovan, Dick (Fictitious character)
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by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870; Jennings, John A. (John Andrew), b. 1855
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Date of publication from Topp
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by Neale, W. Johnson (William Johnson), 1812-1893
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by Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
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Topics: Adultery, Physicians' spouses, Middle class
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887
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by Clarke, Charles, 1815?-1870; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887
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by Du Boisgobey, Fortuné, 1821-1891; Du Boisgobey, Fortuné, 1821-1891. Crime de l'omnibus. English; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Translations of: La vieillesse de Monsieur Lecoq and Le crime de l'omnibus
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Topic: Crimean War, 1853-1856
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by Yates, Edmund Hodgson, 1831-1894
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Essays
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by Allen, Grant, 1848-1899
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by Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731; Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Farther adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Lovett, Robert W. (Robert William), collector. GEU; Robert and Miriam Lovett Robinson Crusoe Collection. GEU
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Abridgement of the works by Daniel Defoe
Topics: Crusoe, Robinson (Fictitious character), Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc,...
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by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
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by Lawrence, George A. (George Alfred), 1827-1876; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905; Hinton, Percival F., former owner. GEU; Lever Brothers Ltd
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Translation of: Vingt mille lieues sous les mers
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by Ouida, 1839-1908
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by Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
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by Neale, W. Johnson (William Johnson), 1812-1893; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885; Thomas, W. Moy (William Moy), 1828-1910, tr
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by M'Govan, James; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Short stories
Topic: M'Govan, James (Fictitious character)
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by Reade, Charles, 1814-1884
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by Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891
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Topics: Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891, Circus owners
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Topic: Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746
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by Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882; Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870; Robson, William, 1785-1863, tr
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Topic: Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Topic: Crimean War, 1853-1856
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by Hayward, William Stephens
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887
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by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
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Date of publication from Topp
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by Cameron, H. Lovett, Mrs
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First published serially in Belgravia, under title: A lover's secret
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by Neale, W. Johnson (William Johnson), 1812-1893; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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Topics: Hamilton, Charles, 1738-1800, Great Britain. Royal Navy
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by Russell, William Clark, 1844-1911
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by Grant, James, 1822-1887; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Neale, W. Johnson (William Johnson), 1812-1893; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
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Topic: Humorous stories, American
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by Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868
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Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards
Topics: Legends, Tales
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Topic: Frontier and pioneer life
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by Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
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by Chamier, Frederick, 1796-1870; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Scott, Michael, 1789-1835; Graff, James H., former owner. GEU
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by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
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by Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Date of publication from Topp
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by Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868; Renier, Anne, former owner. GEU; Renier, Fernand Gabriel, 1905-, former owner. GEU
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Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards
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by Donovan, Dick, 1843-1934; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Short stories
Topic: Donovan, Dick (Fictitious character)
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Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards
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by Wood, H. F. (H. Freeman); Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Topp, C.W. Victorian yellowbacks & paperbacks, 1849-1905
Topic: Police
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by Smart, Hawley, 1833-1893; Corbould, Edward Henry, 1815-1905, ill
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Date of publication from Topp
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by Jeans, Thomas; Skelton, Percival, ill
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Added illustrated t.p
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by Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901; Rice, James, 1843-1882
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Topic: Petroleum industry and trade
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by Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901; Rice, James, 1843-1882
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Advertisements, 32 p. at end, dated Sept., 1884
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by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
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Topic: Warwick, Richard Neville, Earl of, 1428-1471
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by Gaboriau, Emile, 1832-1873; Craigie, Dorothy, 1901-, collector. GEU; Greene, Graham, 1904-1991, collector. GEU
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Translation of: La vie infernale
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by Savage, Richard, 1846-1903; Renier, Anne, former owner. GEU; Renier, Fernand Gabriel, 1905- former owner. GEU
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